Johan Botha runs for the Tavs!
He’s more familiar with running the 22 yards of a cricket wicket, but international all-rounder Johan Botha will be swapping the crease for London's roads when he runs the Marathon for the Lord’s Taverners in April.
Botha, currently starring in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Sixers, will be taking on the 26 miler on April 23 for the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.
The former South African one-day captain has played for the nation of his birth in all three formats of the game, but is now an Australian citizen after calling the country home for the last four seasons. And after being introduced to the work of the Lord’s Taverners by Darren Gough, Botha is set to start hitting the roads in training on completion of the Big Bash League.
He said: “I’m delighted to be running the London Marathon for the Lord’s Taverners and to support the fantastic work of the charity. When I met Goughie last summer he spoke passionately about the Taverners and I said I wanted to help so I’m really pleased to be able to run in one of the great marathons.
“I’ve run two marathons before so I’ve got a little bit of experience, but London is going to be on a much bigger scale and running past some of the most recognisable landmarks in the world is going to be pretty special. I can’t wait for it!”
Botha, who played 123 times for South Africa across all three forms of the game, now has a busy few months of training ahead. But instead of the thousands of other runners preparing for the event in the wintry UK weather, at least he can enjoy the long summer evenings against a backdrop of some of Sydney’s most famous landmarks.
He added: “The Big Bash has been going really well, it’s a fantastic competition, is growing every year and is a great event to be part of,” he added. “When the BBL finishes, I’ll really start the training and training in the Sydney Summer will hopefully make things a lot easier.”
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